A judge in a civil lawsuit filed by a Native American man who claims the letters KKK were carved into him following surgery at a South Dakota hospital has ordered the two sides to come together to try to come to a resolution in the case.
Judge Jeffrey Viken ordered lawyers for 69-year-old Vern Traversie and lawyers for the defendants in the case to meet by Sept. 7.
Traversie is a 69-year-old Lakota man living on the Cheyenne River Reservation in South Dakota. Traversie has sued Rapid City Regional Hospital, the hospital's board of directors and several others claiming the three letters were left on his abdomen following heart surgery.
Though he is blind, Traversie says others have told him the scars left after his heart surgery form the letters.